New Hampshire WWI Military: MM1 Francis “Frank” Beggs USN of Concord

U.S.S. Dixie, Naval Review, Oct 1912, from a Glass Negative. National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress)

I must admit that the elusive Frank Beggs was one of my more difficult research projects. All I had was a name on the Concord and New Hampshire Rolls of Honor. His name does not appear on the New Hampshire Adjutant General’s List of WWI Casualties. Finally after an exhaustive search I discovered a death certificate.   Frank Beggs was born “Francis Beggs” on 19 April 1871 in Concord New Hampshire, son of Irish immigrants Michael Begg & Ann Farley.

In the 1880 Census the family is shown living in Peterborough NH with siblings including Delia, James, Martin, Anna, Malachi, Thomas and Joseph. [Editor’s note: recently I wrote a story about Frank’s niece, Anne Beggs, daughter of his brother Martin Beggs]. Continue reading